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Grosvenor Prints

Stand: 87

Exhibitor's profile

Francesco Bartolozzi

[The Gardens of Carleton-House with Neapolitan Ballad Singers Design'd 18th May 1784.


Description

A proof state of one of the finest 18th century images: a scene of fashionably-dressed people promenading and listening to musicians in Carlton House gardens, under tall leafy trees with no sign of the house. At the centre is George, Prince of Wales, in a tricorn hat and with a lady on each arm. A group of musicians are on the far left, one playing a small trumpet. The Prince of Wales gave the ballad singers breakfast in his garden, where they were all drawn from life on the spot by Bunbury. According to De Vesme and Calabi, Bartolozzi only engraved the faces of the figures.


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